Vacheron Constantin in partnership with Tasveer previews 'India Song' by Karen Knorr
February 23, 2014: Luxury watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin, in partnership with Tasveer, opened a new exhibition in Kolkata, India, showcasing 'Karen Knorr – India Song'.
The preview was attended by members of Kolkata's art and cultural community who witnessed the unveiling of the complete collection of images from the award winning India Song series. This exhibition includes some of the earliest images made by Ms Knorr in India, alongside her most recent works. This is the first time the complete collection of images was displayed together, and is being shown in Kolkata.
Based in London, Ms Knorr began India Song in 2008, during what she describes as a life-changing trip to India. She has since then continued to work in India on the series. Ms Knorr has been producing images that interrogate political, economic, and gendered representation since the 1970s. In 2012, India Song was nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize - Europe's most prestigious award for a living photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography. Continuing their support to passion and skill of artists, this is Vacheron Constantin’s eighth season of photography exhibitions across India in collaboration with Tasveer.
In these photographs, Ms Knorr celebrates the visual richness found in the myths and stories of northern India using sacred and secular sites to highlight caste, femininity and their relationship with the animal world. From the Panchatantra to the miniature paintings of the Mughal court, these photographs depict scenarios that are at once otherworldly and surreal, the animals are intruders, and their presence playfully subverts the cultural space, yet the work is grounded in contemporary politics. The architectural settings are captured with a large format analogue camera, while the animal subjects are photographed separately and inserted using digital imaging – a very slow process is combined with a fast one, that heightens our experience of colour, line, the details of both the structural and living subjects which paradoxically merge, and are yet separate from one another.